Empties from April – August 2017

It’s been such a strange summer here in Japan.  Everyone was expecting it to be a super hot summer, and while July was really hot, it rained for 22 days straight in August.  Still, I used a lot of summer products to deal with the humidity.  Here is a look back at my empties in the recent months!

 

Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet + Foundation (link goes to my review)

I really wish every company put their foundation in a container like this. It is a small plastic container with a squeeze tube. It’s super easy to carry around, I can dispense foundation easily, and I don’t need to worry about any spillage! 

 

Revlon Photoready Skinlights Face Illuminator in Bare Lights (link goes to my review)

I feel like this was one of the first liquid highlighting products at the drugstore. I really enjoyed how versatile it was!

 

Skinfood Peach Sake Silky Finish Powder (link goes to my review)

This is a silica powder with a peach fragrance.  It is a great powder, but buying silica powder in bulk will do the same thing. I used to be able to find silica powder online easily, but I can’t seem to find it anymore!

 

Milani Eyeshadow Primer (link goes to my review)

This is a great, great primer at a wonderful price!  It is a must have in my collection!

 

Beauty Make-up Sponge (set of 20)

I always enjoyed using the Beauty Blender, but it isn’t easy to buy in Japan. I have gone back to using disposable sponges!

 

Bath and Body Works Aloha Waterfall Orchid shower gel

This was the last of my Bath and Body Works collection! I hope I can get more when I visit the US.

 

Sephora Daily Brush Cleanser (link goes to my review)

I’d never used brush cleansers before, but I picked this up on a whim at Sephora. It cleans my brushes well and doesn’t leave a scent.

 

Rohto Skin Aqua Super Moisture Essence SPF 50+ PA++++

This is my go-to SPF for my body. I like that it absorbs well into my skin and doesn’t leave it sticky.

 

Nivea Sun Protect Plus UV Milky Essence SPF50+ PA++++

This is my other favorite SPF for my body. It is a bit thicker than the Rhoto one, and I like using it when I’m outdoors.

 

Nivea Sun Protect Water Gel SPF 50+ PA++++

This is my go-to SPF for my face. It’s light and absorbs well, but it contains alcohol.

Hope you enjoyed my empties!

 

xoxo, K

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Products I’ve Repurchased – Skin, Hair, and Body

The market is flooded with new products all the time, but which products have stood the test of time? I’m always interested to see what products people have repurchased, because those are the real favorites.   Surprisingly, the last time I did a blog post on items I repurchased was way back in 2011!

In this post, I will share the skin care and hair products which I have repurchased.

 

If you are interested to see what I repurchased in 2011, here are links to the old posts:

 

Skin products

Face wash net (link goes to my review)

I always, always use a face wash net when washing my face. It creates a rich, creamy lather. These are available at Daiso and other 100 yen stores, and I’ve repurchased them countless times.

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Cotton Labo Mekuru Cotton Large Size (link goes to my review)

This cotton sheet is made up of 5 thin layers, so that they can be split to make lotion masks. I like this brand so much that I bought tons of backups when I lived abroad.

 

MKB Cleansing Oil

This is a store brand cleansing oil from Matsumoto Kiyoshi (a drugstore chain in Japan), and it is surprisingly good. It rinses clean, doesn’t have a strong scent, and dissolves makeup well.

Rohto Hadalabo Gokujun hyaluronic acid essence (link goes to my review)

This is a well-loved essence which I have repurchased countless times. It moisturizes well and is very affordable!

 

Lush Brazen Honey Fresh Face Mask (link goes to my review)

This is still my favorite mask from Lush, which I use to pamper my skin. Fresh Face Masks go bad pretty quickly, so I suggest freezing them if you can’t use them up.

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Hair products

Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray (link goes to my review)

Ever since I cut my hair, I have been loving salt sprays to add texture. The Bumble and Bumble one is still my favorite.

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Lush Sea Spray  (link goes to my review)

Since I can’t buy the Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray in Japan, I like to buy the Lush Sea Spray.

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Body products

Nivea Sun Protect Water Gel

This has been my go-to sunscreen, both for my body and for my face. I like that it dries down quickly and doesn’t leave a residue on my skin.

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Seabreeze Deo+Water deodorant (link goes to my review)

This has been my go-to deodorant for a very, very long time. It is hard to find antiperspirants in Japan, so I stick with deodorants.

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Shirt Cool (link goes to my review)

A favorites post in the summer time always includes a mention about Shirt Cool. This is a menthol spray that you apply to your clothes, and it keeps you feeling cool for about 30 minutes.  It is a lifesaver in the hot, humid summers!

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Gatsby Ice Deodorant Body Paper Ice Citrus (link goes to my review)

I go through about a pack and a half every summer. Although there are several brands which sell cooling wipes, I found that the Gatsby Ice Deodorant one has the strongest cooling sensation. I also usually have a smaller package to keep in my purse.

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Bath and Body Works Twilight Woods (link goes to my review)

I like Bath and Body Works products a lot, and I tend to buy a few every time I’m in the US. With so many new scents coming out all the time, there are very few that I have repurchased.  The Twilight Woods scent is one of the few that I have bought multiple times.

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Bath and Body Works Aromatherapy Energy Orange Ginger (link goes to my review)

This is the other Bath and Body Works scent that I have repurchased. It is fresh and  energizing!

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Wow, I’m surprised to see that there are some products that I’ve never reviewed, even though I’ve bought them multiple times.  Looks like I have some reviews to write!

 

xoxo, K

 

 

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Empties from June and July 2016

Here are my empties from June and July.  This month, I made some great progress!

(all links go to my reviews)

L’Oreal True Match Super Blendable Makeup (link goes to my review)

I bought this foundation after reading several positive reviews online. This product blended very well and made my skin look great.  However, it is extremely liquidy, so I recommend putting it into a pump.

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Urban Decay Primer Potion (link goes to my review)

Wow, I used up a UDPP! I wish they still came in squeeze tubes like this one. Currently, I’m using the Milani eyeshadow primer, which is very affordable and works well for my oily eyelids.

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Bibo Eyeful Eyebrow Pencil in Light Brown

Because most Japanese people naturally have dark hair, it is hard to find eyebrow products for lighter hair. I have been using this light brown eyebrow pencil for a long time.

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Escada Turquoise Summer Eau de Toilette (link goes to my review)

This is a berry-scented eau de toilette, and a very interesting scent for early summer.

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Chloe Eau de Parfum (link goes to my review)

This is a sweet, floral scent, which I enjoyed using in the spring.

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MKB cleansing oil

I seem to be using one of these every 2 months. Although it is a store-brand product from Matsumoto Kiyoshi (a major drugstore in Japan), I like it better than other cleansing oils.

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Curel Ultra Healing Intensive Lotion

This is a very rich moisturizing cream for the body.

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Nivea Sun Protect Water Gel

This is my go-to facial SPF.  I like it because it does not make my skin greasy. However, this product has alcohol in it, so some people may not like using it on their face.

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Biore UV Perfect Milk sunscreen (link goes to my review)

This used to be my go-to sunscreen for the body.  It is a little greasy, so I like it better in the cooler months.

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Kose Sun Cut Sunscreen Gel SPF 50 Waterproof

I really did not like this sunscreen. Although it is called a gel, I felt it was very thick. It also left a white cast on my skin.
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Hope you enjoyed seeing my empties!

xoxo, K

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Empties from March to May 2016

These are my empties from March to May.  I love seeing people’s empties and hearing what people thought about the product!

 

(All links go to my reviews)

Aveeno Positively Radiant Skin Brightening Daily Scrub

This is a facial scrub which I used as a facial cleanser. With a face wash net, it foamed up nicely.
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Nivea Sun Protect Water Gel

This is my go-to facial SPF.  It has alcohol in it, which may not work for some people, but I really like this SPF because it does not make my skin greasy.

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Barry M Dazzle Dust in Mushroom

This is a purply taupe color which was extremely popular in the beauty blogger community a few years ago. Barry M products are extremely affordable in the UK, and I recommend the brand highly.

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MKB cleansing oil

A review of this product is coming up! I bought this on a whim because I was running out of cleansing oil.  It was surprisingly good!

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Living Lalique Eau de Perfume

This was a light perfume which was very feminine.
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Fresh Life Eau de Parfum

This is a floral-citrus scent.  I liked the scent, but I felt that it wasn’t worth the price.
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Cartier La Panthere Eau de Parfum

This is a musky floral perfume. I felt that the scent was generic and definitely not worth the price.

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Bath and Body Works White Tea and Ginger shower gel

This scent is a discontinued line which is periodically brought back.  It smells like sweet ice tea to me.
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YuskinA hand cream

This is a very thick hand cream which is well-loved in Japan. It helped my hands a lot this past winter.

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Seabreeze Deo+Water deodorant

My go-to deodorant! I always have one on hand.

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Hope you enjoyed my empties!

 

xoxo, K

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Empties from November 2015 to February 2016 – Part 2

This is part 2 of my recent empties. Where do you normally keep your empties?

(all links go to reviews I have done before)

 

Marc Jacobs Honey Eau de Parfum

I liked this scent quite a lot, and am considering buying the full sized bottle.

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Tory Burch Eau de Perfume

This is a great scent for the young professional woman.  It is feminine without smelling too sweet, and is not offensive – but be careful how much you apply!

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Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Eau de Parfum

I did not know when I tried this product that it is such a popular fragrance! This was heavier than most scents I am used to wearing, so I am glad I got to try it in the cooler months.

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Bath and Body Works Ultra Shea Body Cream in White Tea & Ginger

I liked this body cream much, much better than Bath and Body Works’ normal body lotions.

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Nivea Sun Protect Water Gel

This is a sunscreen that I apply on my face every single day. It provides SPF 50+ without making my face greasy. It contains alcohol though, so don’t apply it to your face if you have sensitive skin.

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Sea Breeze Deo & Water Frozen Mint

This is a new product in the Sea Breeze Deo & Water line, and has a stronger menthol feeling. It was very refreshing in the summer, but too cold in the cooler months.

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Bath and Body Works Sparkling Limeade candle

I liked the scent of this candle, but as you can see from the black marks on the container, this did not burn evenly.  I’ve realized that Bath and Body Works don’t sell many of their candles in the small size anymore!

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The Body Shop Lavender Home Fragrance Oil

This was a nice lavender scent.  If you are looking for a pure lavender oil, this is not the right product, but it is great if you are looking for a lavender scented oil

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Those are all of my recent empties! What products have you used recently?

 

xoxo, K

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